Huge Lump in Chick’s Chest!

lazylizzy

Chirping
May 22, 2020
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My chicks are 5 weeks old, and have been outside for about 1.5 weeks. They have been doing great, but today I noticed that Kagan has a huge lump in her crop. She is still eating, drinking, and playing, but I’m really worried.

What should I do?!
 

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Birdie mom

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^^ what the above poster said. Just make sure that it does empty itself by the morning.
I agree. Sometimes the crop can become impacted with debris such as things such as straw or pine shavings. If it becomes impacted then food can't reach the stomach and causes the chick to starve. This is called crop binding. If you are worried then leave him without feed for a night. If his crop is still stuffed full in the morning then he may have crop binding. If he is active and alert now he is probably fine👍🏼.
 

lazylizzy

Chirping
May 22, 2020
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Midwest, America
I think what concerns me is that it’s all to one side. I didn’t think crops filled just on one side?

thank you, everyone! I’m a total chicken newb, thanks for being so nice about my utter ignorance😩😫😩😖
 

Birdie mom

Songster
Mar 27, 2020
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I think what concerns me is that it’s all to one side. I didn’t think crops filled just on one side?

thank you, everyone! I’m a total chicken newb, thanks for being so nice about my utter ignorance😩😫😩😖
Don't sweat it! We were all new to chicken once😊. The crop is always placed on the side of the chest, it's just how their bodies are, so it is normal.
 

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